ASiF Artists' Studio in the Foothills

ASiF, Artists' Studio in the Foothills, is a fine art gallery and community resource featuring work in a variety of media by local artists. It was founded in Grass Valley, California, in 2007.

ASiF Studios is a unique venue in the Sierra Foothills and is home to 30 local resident artists. In addition to full resident status, ASiF offers a variety of membership options including daily drop-in use. ASiF also offers classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, mosaics, clay and sculpture. Our mission is to nurture the creative spirit in our community by providing an environment where art can be made, displayed and appreciated.

ASiF features a main gallery, showing new work every six weeks. It also has a "Small Works Wall", with a constantly changing display of two and three dimensional work. The retail shop, ASiF GiFT, features a variety of unique and distinctive handcrafted gift items - jewelry, sculptural and functional ceramics, wooden spoons and boxes, cards, prints and more.

The 2D Studio at ASiF Studios is equipped with easels and stools, a stage and lighting for figure drawing, and a printmaking area with a state of the art Griffin printmaking press. A wide variety of classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and mosaics for adults and children is available year-round. Figure drawing sessions are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The 2D studio is also available for meetings and events for local art groups.

The 3D Studio is equipped with two electric kilns, a gas reduction kiln, 6 potter's wheels, a slab roller, five multi-use tables, a glaze lab, and a damp room. Resident staff is always on site and ASiF offers a wide variety of classes in clay building and wheel-throwing for children and adults.

Our website,, has complete and current information about ASiF Studios including gallery information; current class schedules; current and upcoming shows; links to our blog, facebook page, and recent news articles; and an interactive map with driving directions.

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Seasons Open

All year

Hours Open

Monday - Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 4pm; Sunday by appointment


There are no fees to visit the gallery or tour the facilities. There are fees for membership and for classes at ASiF Studios.

Eco-Friendly Notes

ASiF Studios is located in a former cabinetry showroom and all of the cabinets, flooring and other materials were recycled to create the gallery, studios and classroom spaces. The windows have been coated to inhibit heat flow and reduce energy usage. Artists use recycled materials whenever possible and recycle all paper and plastic products. Water-based (rather than oil-based) inks are used in all printmaking classes, and clay is recycled in the hand-building and wheel-throwing classes. All ASiF Studio invitations, newsletters and other communications are sent electronically - rather than by paper. The artists are constantly finding new ways to make ASiF Studios more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

ADA Accessibility Notes

ASiF Studios is wheel-chair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

ASiF Studios welcomes all service dogs. Resident artists are permitted to have pets in their studio spaces.


This is my favorite gallery in the foothills. Great artists, lively shows and community art lessons.

Larry Miller, 7/7/2010

This is a great place for aspiring artists, young and old, to learn and blossom into full fledged artists! The instructors are extremely kind, helpful, and skilled. The whole place has such an amazingly nurturing atmosphere. Being someone who has actually taken classes at AsiF, (Throwing on the Wheel from Joshua Unterman, YOU ROCK!!), I can assure you that this establishment deserves this nomination.

Bobby, 7/7/2010

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